World lit 1 revision - Diaz 1 Diaz Rosemary AP English Lit Ms Munnerlyn-Per 8 17 February 2012 Total Word Count 1,255 Selfish Suicides In the novels

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Diaz 1Diaz, RosemaryAP English LitMs. Munnerlyn-Per. 817 February 2012 Total Word Count: 1,255Selfish SuicidesIn the novels Madame Bovaryby Gustave Flaubert and Anna Kareninaby Leo Tolstoy, the author’s portrayal of their main characters leads to the conclusion that both protagonists’ downfall was caused by their own selfishness. Gustave Flaubert develops the character of Madame Bovary as a middle class woman who seeks a passionate love and Leo Tolstoy develops Anna Karenina as a high class woman who falls in love with another man. What both these women have in common is that they were unfaithful to their lawful wedded husband and they commit suicide in the end. After analyzing the actions taken by both Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, it is arguable to say that both of these women committed suicide out of selfishness rather than depression because they only thought about themselves when having their affairs and did not think about the effects that their actions had on other people, especially the ones that cared for them.Leo Tolstoy states in his novel that “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This quote is true in both Anna Kareninaand Madame Bovarybecause in Anna Karenina, Anna is a part of a rich Russian society where people look at her high status in life and expect for her to be respectful and faithful to her family and her husband; they expect Anna to act the way people of her social status should. Mostly everything changes once Anna meets Vronsky because her social life and position starts to go downhill. When Anna fell in love
Diaz 2with Vronsky she cheated on her husband and left her son for him. Even though appearances meant a lot to Anna, her unfaithfulness caused her to be socially ridiculed and an embarrassment to her husband.

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